By Salawudeen Olawale
The Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Thursday, donated a Central Library, blocks of Lecture rooms and administrative buildings to the Oyo state government for the establishment of the Technical University, Ibadan.
The structures include Central e-Library space for 500 students with 10 offices, 12 toilet facilities, a block of 24 lecture rooms with 11 administrative offices.
Others are furniture, borehole, generating set, street lights, CCTV camera, air conditioners and additional toilets facilities.
The buildings were received on behalf of the state government by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli, alongside the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Professor Oladapo Afolabi; Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela; Commissioner for Finance, Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi; Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun and other government officials.
Speaking at the handover of the structures, Alli assured that the state government will embark on other developmental projects towards the establishment of a world class university.
Alli also reiterated the commitment of the state government to ensuring the take off of the university in September 2017.
Alli who appreciated the CBN for its intervention in the technical university assured that the buildings donated would be put to effective use by the university’s management.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Apex bank to support and develop our education sector. The CBN has showed that education is key to the development of country. We say thank you to the management and the entire staff of the bank for this gesture and assure that the building will be adequately put to use immediately,” Alli said.
In his remarks, the CBN Branch Controller, Lagos Branch, Mr Omebere Iyari commended the Oyo State Government for the initiative of a state-owned technical university, saying that the unique institution will revolutionize technical skills development and education in the country.
He explained that the intervention had shown that CBN is beyond monetary and fiscal policies, stressing that the apex bank had a lot of intervention in education, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.